Calendar of Events


Support Your Local Farmer’s Market!

Anderson, MO: 8 am-noon, Saturday, Hwy 71. 417.223.8888.

Grove, OK: 8 am-2 pm, Wednesday and Saturday, downtown.

Pittsburg, KS: 8 am-12 pm Wednesday and Saturday, 11th and Broadway streets, downtown Pittsburg. 620.231.8310.

Carthage, MO: Wednesday and Saturday from 7 am until the farmers sell out of product. North side of the historic Carthage square.

Lamar, MO: 3-6 pm Wednesday, 8 am-1 pm Saturday, Moore Pavilion, 10th & Poplar. 417.682.3579.

Joplin, MO: Every Saturday, 10 am-3 pm, Empire Market, 931 E. 4th Street.

Joplin, MO: Every Wednesday, 4-7:30 pm, Freeman Farmers Market, Freeman West Main Entrance. 417.347.5646.

Monett, MO: 8 am-12 pm Saturday; Tuesday TBD. South Park by the YMCA parking lot. 

Neosho, MO: 9 am-12 pm Saturday, corner of Spring & Jefferson streets, downtown.

Nevada, MO: Saturday 8 am-12 pm, 304 W. Austin, downtown Nevada.

Webb City, MO: Tuesday 4-7 pm, Saturday 9 am-noon. Pavilion at the Main Street entrance to King Jack Park.

Pittsburg, KS & Crawford County, KS

Arcadia, KS

September 19 & 26: Fishing Jackpot Tournament, 6 pm, Bone Creek Lake, Rocky Point boat ramp

Farlington, KS

September 6: Free Music On The Lake: Todd East, 6 pm, Crawford State Park. 

September 13: Free Music On The Lake: Jeff Simpson, 6 pm, Crawford State Park.

September 20: Free Music On The Lake: Jeff Culver, 6 pm, Crawford State Park.

September 27: Free Music On The Lake: All Aboard Jam Session, 6 pm, Crawford State Park.

September 21: Annual Chili Cook Off, 4:30 pm, Crawford State Park.

Cherokee, KS

September 6-8: Cherokee Fall Festival, Homecoming.

Franklin, KS

September 22: “Mighty Men of War: The Soldiers of Carthage in World War I” presentation for “The War to End All Wars” series, 2 pm at Miners Hall Museum.

Frontenac, KS

September 27: Johnnie Zibert Polka Band, 7:30 pm, Barto’s Idle Hour.

September 28: Festa Italiana, 5 pm, Raider Sports Complex.

Girard, KS

September 15: Greenbush Day with Outdoor Adventures, 11 am, Greenbush and St. Aloysius Church.

McCune, KS

September 7: Free Music Night, 6 pm, McCune Farm to Market.

September 27-29: McCune Fall Festival and Homecoming.

Pittsburg, KS

September 1: Rodney Carrington, 8 pm, Kansas Crossing.

September 1: Little Balkans Days Festival.

September 6: Night Ranger, 8 pm, Kansas Crossing.

September 7: Modern American Dance Company, 7:30 pm, Bicknell Family Center for the Arts.

September 13: PSU Pep Rally, 6 pm, downtown Pittsburg.

September 14: Reza – Edge of Illusion, 5 pm & 7 pm, Kansas Crossing.

September 16: Buckcherry, 8 pm, Kansas Crossing.

September 20: SEK Symphony and String Madness Concert, time TBA, Bicknell Family Center for the Arts.

September 20: Soundcheck: The J3 Band, 7 pm, Colonial Fox Theatre.

September 22: Pittsburg Old Time Fiddlers and Pickers, 1 pm, Crawford County Historical Museum.

September 26: PSU Wind Ensemble Concert, time TBA, Bicknell Family Center for the Arts.

September 27-29: World Class Hunting Expo, Farm Show Site.

September 28: Gravehuffer Legacy of Rock, 8 pm, TJ Leland’s.

October 2: PSU Jazz Ensembles Concert, time TBA, Bicknell Family Center for the Arts.

Walnut, KS

September 14: BBQ Cook-off Contest, 5:30 pm, His & Hers Bar & Grill.

Weir, KS

September 20-22: Downtown Weir Festival with Homecoming.

Events for Memorial Auditorium Convention Center, 503 N. Pine, 620.231.7827. Visit

September 12: City of Pittsburg Blood Drive, 10 am-4 pm. Help us save lives at the City of Pittsburg Blood Drive! By appointment only. Call 620.231.7827 to make your appointment.

September 14: Caleb Hoyer – And a Piano, 7 pm. Caleb Hoyer returns to his hometown of Pittsburg to instruct a workshop with Pittsburg High School students and to perform his one-man show at Pittsburg Memorial Auditorium. For more information and tickets, visit or call 620.231.7827.

September 20: Jason Burns Artist Reception – Astroimaging, 6-8 pm. During September, astroimaging photographer Jason Burns will exibit his images of space. An artist reception will be held Sept. 20. Visit or call 620.231.7827.

September 27 & 28: PCT presents: The Fox on the Fairway, 7:30 pm; Sept. 29, 2 pm. Join us for a fast-paced farce set at the Quail Valley Country Club and filled with mistaken identities, slamming doors and romantic shenanigans. Tickets: $12 adults, $10 senior/children, $8 balcony. Call 620.231.7827 or visit

Carl Junction, MO

Tuesdays, Saturdays & Sundays: $3 Pickleball, Tuesday 1-3 pm; Saturday 3-6 pm; Sunday 3-6 pm at Carl Junction Community Center, 303 N. Main. Call 417.649.7237 with questions.

Saturdays: Solemates Walking Group, 9-10 am, Center Creek Park, 201 Valley Lane. Call 417.649.7237.

Thursdays: $5 Yoga, 6-7 pm, Carl Junction Community Center, 303 N. Main. Call 417.649.7237.

Thursdays: $5 Zumba Classes, 10-11 am, Carl Junction Community Center, 303 N. Main. Call 417.649.7237.

September 7: Carl Junction Lion’s Club Community Breakfast, 7-10 am. Carl Junction Community Center, 303 N. Main. Full breakfast, $6/adult.

Carthage, MO

Saturdays: Painting Classes for All Ages, 12-3:30 pm, Cherry’s Custom Framing. Cost: $30, includes material. Call 417.358.2707.

Diamond, MO

George Washington Carver National Monument Visitor Center Free Programs. Two miles west of Diamond on Highway V, then 1/4 mile south on Carver Road. Visitor center and park grounds open daily 9 am-5 pm. Call 417.325.4151 or visit

September 1: African American Trailblazers, 1 pm. Who successfully created the first light bulb filament? Ragtime music? The world’s first blood bank? Join us for this discussion.

September 7 & 8: Women in George Washington Carver’s Life, 1 pm. Throughout Carver’s life, many women mentored and guided him along his journey to earn an education. These women, often maternal figures and spiritual mentors for Carver, encouraged him to succeed.

September 14: Prairie Day, 10 am-3 pm. Celebrating life on the Missouri prairie during the late 1800s when George Washington Carver was a child, this event includes basket weaving, candle-making, Dutch-oven cooking, spinning, weaving, storytelling, musical groups, quilting, a junior ranger station and more!

September 21: Carver Legacy Day, 10:30 am. Members of Phi Beta Sigma, a historically African American college fraternity, will hold a special tribute to one of its most esteemed members, Dr. George Washington Carver, with a special unveiling of history to the general public. In addition, that evening there will be entertainment hosted by Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., in downtown Joplin.

September 22: Exploring the Carver Collection, 1 pm. Join a park ranger as we celebrate National Museum Day to learn about the park museum collections and see some of the artifacts currently housed at George Washington Carver National Monument.

September 28: National Public Lands Day, 10 am-3 pm. This is a nationwide, volunteer-led workday to improve public lands. Volunteer at George Washington Carver National Monument to help preserve the 240-acre Carver farm that inspired young George for future generations’ enjoyment.

Joplin, MO

Every Friday: Friday Nights Out at Victory, 6-9 pm, 3405 S. Hammons Blvd. $3/person; max of $15/family. Half off admission with gym membership card. Open basketball court, archery tag, pool tables, foosball, bracelet making, Wii, Xbox 360. Food from West Coast Tacos and BBQ. Impact Life praise team performs 7-9 pm. Call 417.206.6886.

September 6: First Wine Share, 6-8 pm. Different venues throughout downtown Joplin each month. Bring a bottle of wine or craft beer to share. Downtown Joplin Alliance will take care of the rest. No charge to attend WineShare, 21 years of age. 417.501.9649.

September 7: 7th Annual Big Red Shoe Run, 6:15 am, Ronald McDonald House of the Four States, 3402 S. Jackson Ave. Lace up your shoes and start training because Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Four States is hosting the Seventh Annual Big Red Shoe to help children heal with their families by their side. Call 417.624.2273.

September 19: Third Thursday, 5:30-8:30 pm on Main Street in downtown Joplin. Come with your friends and family to stroll through downtown, eat great food, listen to music, peruse local art and shop! Call 417.501.9649.

Wildcat Glades Friends Group, 201 Riviera Dr., Joplin, MO

All programs are free of charge, but registration is requested. To register, please email or visit our Facebook page for online registration options. Classes are limited to the first 20 students registered for preschool and yoga classes.

September 4 & 14: Preschool Nature Connections: September 4, 1-2 pm or September 14, 10-11 am at Wildcat Glades Pavilion. Ages 3-6 accompanied by an adult. Kids will learn what it means to migrate and what animal families do to prepare for their trip and what we can do to help our animal friends along their journeys. Registration is required, and space is limited. To register, visit  

September 13: Wild 417, 6:30 pm. Join us for the most unique runway show you’ll ever see! Local stylists will transform models into nature-inspired beauties from the 417 area code. Animals, plants, flowers…nothing is off limits! This Wildcat Glades Friends Group fundraiser will take place under the stars on the bank of beautiful Shoal Creek in Wildcat Park. $25 per person, $40 per couple. Cocktail attire. Appetizers and cash bar available. RSVP:

September 14: Yoga in Nature for Kids, 11:15-11:45 am, Wildcat Glades Park Pavilion, 201 E. Riviera Dr. Ages 2 and up accompanied by an adult. Bring yoga mat or towel and a reusable water bottle.

September 28: Nature Explorers: Cooking with Squitos, 3:30- 9 pm, Wildcat Glades Pavilion. For ages 7-12. Join us by the campfire in Wildcat Park to learn how to cook with the skeeters. We will go over the basics of campfire safety, how to cook on an open flame, in a Dutch oven and on a stick. Please bring your bug spray and close-toed shoes.

Neosho, MO

September 6-7: Ozarks Homesteading Expo, 9 am-6 pm, Newton County Fairgrounds. Two days of speakers, demonstrations and workshops, including living traditions homestead, cob making, pizza ovens and rocket mass heaters with Uncle MUD, hands-on chicken processing, barn quilt making, livestock exhibits, food trucks, music, blacksmithing, gardening, foraging, butchery, soap making, canning and food preservation, elderberries, beekeeping 101, livestock care, cheese making, tiny house life, prepper gear, home brewing, solar and wind. Hourglass Films Producers will hold a special screening of the Film SUSTAINABLE Friday at 7 pm. Call 417.629.8901.

September 7: Brotherhood of Warriors, 12:30-9:30 pm, True North Enterprises Compound. Brotherhood of Warriors has joined forces with True North Enterprises and 2 Bravo Laser Designs to present an amazing day of honoring the sacrifices made by these brave heroes and warriors. Funds raised go to provide support locally through the programs offered by Brotherhood of Warriors. Call 833.434.5777, ext. 705.

September 19-20: Annual Golf Tournament 2019, Neosho Golf Course, 1850 Clubhouse Road. $300 team registration (4-person scramble). Twosomes and individual players will be placed on a 4-man team for tournament play. Includes 18 holes of tournament golf, unlimited use of golf carts, contests and prizes, lunch, snacks and beverages, awards reception, and chance to win a hole-in-one car provided by Griffith Motor Company and a hole-in-one Grasshopper zero-turn mower provided by Newco Service. Call 417.451.1950.

Lamar, MO

Every Monday: Barton County Senior Center, 9 am-5 pm, 306 W. 11th. Cards, dominoes, exercise equipment, a reading library, pool, computer/internet access and Wii. Call 417.682.3881.

Monett, MO

September 2: Monett Senior Dance, first Monday of the month, 7-10 pm, Park Casino building. $3 to enter. Call 417.235.3285.

Webb City, MO

September 14: Route 66 Cruise Night, 5-8 pm. Downtown Webb City. X-Treme Powersports and the Webb City Chamber present Route 66 Cruise Night. Call 417.673.1154.

Grove, OK

September 14: Monthly Community Gospel Singing, 6 pm, Grove 1st Assembly of God, two miles east of Grove on south side of highway. Performing: Leisters/Riley Harrison Clark. Call 417.775.4121.

Jay, OK

September 15: Full Harvest Moon Rising, 7-9 pm. Experience the full harvest moon rising over Zena Suri Alpacas with the sometimes mystical alpacas. Bring your mat and practice your yoga, borrow a mat and learn or hone your skills. Prior registration is required and a fee will be charged. Light snacks and beverages will be served. Call Lena for yoga questions or details at 918.964.1010 or Kathleen at 804.389.2579 for information and directions to the ranch.





Cultural Events

Carthage, MO

Through September 28: All Creatures Great and Small, artCentral, 1110 E. 13th St. Discover a variety of fascinating animals and insects through the fun and vibrant photos of 15 photographers. Free. More information:, 417.501.9960.

Joplin, MO

Events in Joplin are subject to change. For a full listing of arts and cultural opportunities in Joplin, visit Connect2Culture is the source for arts and cultural opportunities in Joplin.


September 1: Missy Andersen, 5:30 pm, The Coda Concert House, 2120 E. 24th St. Missy Andersen is a dynamic blues singer who delivers entertaining and soulful performances. Suggested minimum donation of $15. More information and reservations: Jeff Morrow, In response to reservations, a confirmation email with the address, directions, parking, etc., will be sent. All proceeds benefit the artist performing.

September 19: Pro Musica: Miró Quartet, 7 pm, First Community Church, 2007 E. 15th St. Miró Quartet is one of America’s most celebrated and dedicated string quartets, and for the past 20 years has performed on the world’s most prestigious concert stages, earning accolades from passionate critics and audiences alike. Free. More information:, 417.625.1822.

September 25-29: Joplin Little Theatre: Xanadu the Musical, 7:30 pm; Sunday 2:30 pm. Joplin Little Theatre, 3008 W. 1st St. Xanadu follows the journey of a magical and beautiful Greek muse, who descends from the heavens of Mount Olympus to Venice Beach, California, in 1980 on a quest to inspire a struggling artist to achieve the greatest artistic creation of all time – the first roller disco! Tickets: Adults $18, seniors/students $15, children $8. More information:, 417.623.3638.

September 27: Heartland Opera Theatre: Bon Appétite! by Lee Hoiby, 7 pm, Northwood Arts and Event Center, 115 N. Wood St, Neosho, MO). A one-woman show based on the famous chef Julia Child. Tickets: Advance $15, day of show $20, students $10. More information:, 417.385.1454.

September 29: Heartland Opera Theatre: Bon Appétite! by Lee Hoiby, 2 pm, The Woodshed, 311 Main St., Carthage, MO). A one-woman show based on the famous chef Julia Child. Tickets: Advance $15, day of show $20, students $10. More information:, 417.385.1454.


September 1, 15, 22 & 29: Joplin Comedy: Open Mic Comedy Night, 9 pm, (sign-up 7 pm), Blackthorn Pizza & Pub, 510 S. Joplin Ave. Try out your latest stand-up routine or take in the acts of local comedians. Free. More information:, 417.540.9186.

September 5: First Thursday ArtWalk, 5:30-8:30 pm, downtown Joplin. Participating artists located inside various venues along with live acoustic music. Patrons are encouraged to “walk the art” through historic downtown Joplin. All art for sale. Free. Contact, 417.438.5931.

September 6: First Friday WineShare, 6-8 pm. Different venues throughout downtown Joplin each month. It’s a great opportunity to meet new friends or catch up with old ones. Bring a bottle of wine or some craft beer to share. 21+. Call 417.501.9649.

September 19: Third Thursday, 5:30-8:30 pm, Main Street in downtown Joplin. Come with your friends and family to stroll through downtown, eat great food, listen to music, peruse local art and shop! Call 417.501.9649.

September 28: JRAC Coffee Hour, 10 am, Beckett’s Café, 705 Illinois Ave. Joplin Regional Artists Coalition Coffee Hours offers JRAC members the opportunity to network, socialize, announce personal art-related news, discuss a pre-determined general art topic or participate in a professional development workshop. Email:


August 8-September 12: Safety in Numbers by Jaclyn Kidd at Rapha House, 710 S. Main St. This sobering exhibit from Missouri Southern State University alumni Jaclyn Kidd reflects the pervasiveness of sexual assault in our community. Mirrors were placed in men’s and women’s restrooms at MSSU’s campus and people could leave marks or comments if they had experienced sexual assault, rape, threats or harassment. More information: 417.621.0373.

September 1-30: Body Languages by Connie Miller at Urban Art Gallery, 511 S. Main St. What can you discern about someone’s attitude without the help of facial expressions? Connie Miller’s extraordinary exhibit explores this concept through unique paintings of faceless subjects. More information:, 417.438.5931.

Joplin Public Library, 1901 E. 20th Street

September 3: Chat N Craft, 5:30-8 pm. An adult crafting group that meets on the first Tuesday of the month. All types of hand work welcome. Share ideas, tips and tricks with other crafters. Call 417.623.7953,

September 813: WWI Mobile Museum at Joplin Public Library, Community Room West. One hundred years ago, the United States promised to remember the millions who lost their lives securing our freedom in WWI. The WWI Mobile Museum was created to honor those who served in the war to end all wars and to remember what their sacrifices achieved. Free. More information:, 417.623.7953.

September 9: Harry S. Truman: World War I Memories, 6-7 pm at Joplin Public Library. Local WWI historian Kavan Stull portrays former President Harry S. Truman and recalls true stories from Truman’s enlistment and his war experiences. All ages welcome. Free. More information:, 417.623.7953.

September 12: WWI Museum Reception, 6-7:30 pm at Joplin Public Library. The World War I Mobile Museum is coming to Joplin, and we’re celebrating with doughnuts! Enjoy doughnut holes, mini doughnuts, coffee and more in our Bramlage and Willcoxon Foundation Gallery. All ages welcome. Free. More information:, 417.623.7953, ext. 1018.

September 12: Joplin Writers’ Guild, 6 pm. The Writers’ Guild includes a wide variety of writers from hobbyists to professional, published writers. This group is open to the public. Dues are $7.50 for the year, but anyone interested can attend their first meeting free. Search “Joplin Writers’ Guild” on Facebook.

September 26, 27 & 28: MANHATTAN SHORT Film Festival, 6-8 pm at Joplin Public Library Community Room East. Each year, 10 short films are selected and shown across the globe. Then, audiences are asked to vote for the one they think is best. Viewer discretion advised for anyone under 18. Parent or guardian required for children under 18. Free. More information:, 417.623.7953.

Through September 30: Summer Reading Art Challenge Exhibit, Joplin Public Library. Creativity and imagination abound in this exhibit, which features work inspired by this year’s summer reading theme: space. Free. More information:, 417.623.7953, ext. 1041.

Last Tuesday of the Month: Dog Day Afternoon, 4-4:45 pm. This program encourages independent readers in grades K-5 to practice their skills by reading to certified therapy dogs. Registration takes place at the children’s desk on the day of the event. Call 417.623.2184.

Tuesdays: Movers & Shakers, 9:30 am, 10:45 am and 4 pm. This 40-minute play- and movement-based program is for infants and toddlers and their families. Suggested age: birth to 2 years. Call 417.623.2184.

Wednesdays & Thursdays: Tales for 2s & 3s, 9:30 am. Library staff use this 30-minute story time to share favorite short stories, simple songs and rhymes. Suggested age: 2 to 3 years. Call 417.623.2184.

Wednesdays & Thursdays: Fun for 4s & 5s, 11 am. Fun is our favorite game! During this 30-minute story time, library staff share stories, songs, rhymes, finger plays, puppets and more. Suggested age: 4 to 5 years. Call 417.623.2184.

Wednesdays & Thursdays: Family Stories, 4 pm. It’s all about family in this 30-minute story time. Families are encouraged to participate and at-home extension activities are shared. Suggested age: 2 to 5 years. Call 417.623.2184.

First & Third Sundays: Children’s Maker Cart (grades 1-5), 2-3 pm. This program uses recycled materials to explore STEAM concepts. More information: 417.623.2184.


First Monday of the Month: Chess Club, 5:30 pm. Chess players of all experience levels. No registration required. Call 417.623.2184.

Tuesdays & Saturdays: Makerspace Open Studio, 4-7:30 pm on Tuesday; 9:30 am, 2:30 pm on Saturday. On the second Saturday of each month, the Joplin Public Library Makerspace is open on a walk-in, first-come, first-serve basis. Call 417.623.7953, ext.1041.

Second Sunday of the Month: LEGO Club, 2 pm. Toddlers, preschoolers and elementary age children all welcome. Anyone under 6 years must be accompanied by an adult. Call 417.623.2184.

RSVPaint Joplin: 223 W. 3rd St., at the corner of 3rd and Wall across the street from Spiva Art Gallery

Wednesdays: Wine’d Down Open Studio, 5-9 pm. RSVPaint is combining the best of both worlds with its Canvas and Home Decor DIY Event! Cost: $28-$58. More information:

Thursdays & Fridays: 7-9 pm, Saturdays: 10 am-12 pm, 1-3 pm, 7-9 pm, Sundays: 2-4 pm. Discover your inner artist! No experience required. Relax, Sip, Visit, and Paint! Ages 13 and up are welcome to attend, but you must be 21 to drink alcohol. Feel free to arrive 15 minutes early to get settled. Cost: $38-$78. More information:

September 14: Paint Your Pet, 7 pm at Pistol Paws Dog Training, 2501 N. Range Line Rd., Ste. 7. Send a photo of your pet to have it drawn on a canvas before the class. Then, paint your pet’s portrait and take your masterpiece home! Reserve your spot by September 9. All supplies and refreshments included. Cost: $60 per person. More information and reservations:, 417.437.8731.

Spiva Center for the Arts: Third and Wall streets, Joplin, MO

Galleries and gift shop hours: 10 am-5 pm, Tuesday-Saturday; 1-5 pm Sunday; closed Mondays and major holidays. Suggested voluntary contribution for admission is $2 adults; $1 children. Call 417.623.0183. Complete listing of classes at or follow us on Facebook. Register online at, and click on the Active Network link for class registrations, scholarship forms, membership payments and donations.


September 5: Spiva Trivia Night (ages 21+), 6-8 pm, rounds begin every 30 minutes, Spiva’s Main Gallery. $5 per person each round, and winners take home 75% of the cash. Beer available to participants. More information:, 417.623.0183.

CLASSES: For more information, contact, 417.623.0183.

Tuesdays: Creation Station (ages 6-11), 3:45-5 pm. Drop in and experiment with a variety of media: painting, drawing, clay, collage, sculpture and printmaking. Cost: $6 with pre-registration; $8 at the door. Call 417.623.0183.

Saturdays: Preschool Mini Makers (ages 3-5), 10:30 am, $6 pre-registration, $8 at the door. Call 417.623.0183 or visit

September 7: Nailed It! Acrylic Pour with Samantha Brotherton (ages 13+), 1-3 pm. Learn how to properly create an acrylic pour, the latest craze taking over the art world. Cost: $40. More information:, 417.623.0183.

September 14: Family Fun with Mixed Media with Sandra Conrad (all ages), 1-3 pm. An afternoon of art and memories! Bring your family and work together to create a mixed media mobile. Cost: $25. More information:, 417.623.0183.

September 21: Figure Drawing with Sandra Conrad, 1-3 pm. Capturing the human physique on paper can be challenging. But, with the help of a professional model and instructor Sandra Conrad, you can take your drawing skills to the next level. Cost: $20. More information:, 417.623.0183.

September 28: Photo Walk with Lola Nelson (ages 13+), 1-3 pm. Hone your photography skills and prepare for PhotoSpiva 2020 by taking a photo walk downtown. Learn more about composition, lighting and other photography elements. Cost: $20. More information:, 417.623.0183.


Through September 28: The Watercolors of Paul Jackson. A master at watercolor, Jackson has been recognized for his work numerous times. Free; donations appreciated. More information:, 417.623.0183.

Through October 5: The Photography of Richard Loftis. A talented photographer, Richard Loftis dedicated his life to his passion. Free; donations appreciated. More information:, 417.623.0183.

Firehouse Pottery: 112 S. Main St., Joplin, MO

Fridays: Date Night, until 8 pm. Two-for-one studio fees for all couples. Call 417.553.0671. 

Tuesdays: Ladies’ Night Out (ages 18+), until 8 pm. Gather your girls and enjoy a creative evening with free studio fees. Call 417.553.0671.

Crackpot Pottery & Studio: 3820 E. 20th, Joplin, MO

Monday & Friday: All-Day Open Studio. Open Studio hours allow you to come and go anytime throughout these days during regular business hours. If you come during scheduled class time, students have first rights to equipment. Monthly passes available for $125 each. Drop in any other time with an appointment.

Local Color Art Gallery & Studio: 1027 S. Main, Joplin, MO

Wednesdays: Wednesday Classes at Local Color, 2-6 pm. Up to 4 hours of painting time. Bring any materials you have for the first lesson and learn about the materials you might need for additional lessons. $25 per class. Call 417.291.1486.

Wednesdays: Wednesday Experimental Painting Class, 10:30 am. Watercolors or fluid acrylics. Cost is $25 per class with materials provided. Class size limited to six; register prior to each Wednesday session. Call 417.553.0835.

Third Thursdays: Painting and Sculpting with April Davis, 6-8 pm. Create an acrylic painting or a sculpture. Cost: $30 per class. Call 417.553.0835. 

artForms Gallery, 620 N. Broadway Pittsburg, KS

Call Artforms Gallery at 620.240.0165 to register for any workshop. Cow Creek Pottery, 107 E. 8th St., Pittsburg. Payment is due at time of registration.

Thursdays: Art in the Afternoon, 1-3 pm. Bring your project and join us for coffee and snacks. You will make three sketchbooks. All materials supplied for you. Ages 12 and above.

September 21: Woodcarving Coffee & Tea Scoops (Part II), 10 am-1 pm. This session is a continuation of a workshop offered in August, so it’s too late to sign up for this session. But if woodcarving interests you, watch for Lanny Logan’s future workshops, which range from beginner to more advanced skills.

September 28: Dangle Earrings Workshop, 1-4 pm. Custom design and create your own pair of artistic dangle earrings with artist Janet Lewis. $40 due by 2 pm September 27. Class size limited to 8. Ages 16 and older.

September 29: Funky Fold Form Bracelet Class, 2-4 pm. Make a funky copper bracelet using the fold form technique. Beginner level class. All tools and materials included in the workshop cost of $35. Class size limited to 8. Ages 16 and older.




Health Events

Galena, KS

September 3: Weight Loss Surgery Seminar meets the first Tuesday of each month, 6 pm, Premier Surgical Institute,1619 W. 7th St. (Just minutes from Joplin, past the Missouri state line.) 620.783.1732

Dr. Kido, one of our fellowship-trained surgeons specializing in minimally invasive and bariatric surgery, and his nurse and success story Kelly, are providing free weight loss seminars in the Grand Lounge of Premier Surgical Institute. The seminars are designed to welcome and inform members of the Four State Area interested in learning about – or already considering – surgery as an option for weight loss treatment. Dr. Kido has an impressive record of patient weight loss results. He offers a caring approach to improve patients’ overall health and help to those suffering from the physical, emotional, medical, and financial consequences of being overweight. Dr. Kido provides solutions that will break the cycle for the many who are frustrated with unsuccessful efforts to lose weight or maintain weight loss.

Premier’s luxurious and peaceful hospital grounds promote wellness and offer the perfect setting for you to relax while we provide important information about our weight loss surgery options.

No reservations necessary to attend. The seminars are free and open to the public. Light refreshments provided.

Parsons, KS

Every Thursday: Menu Planning 101, 12 pm or 5:15 pm, Upscale Country Furnishings. Learn to eat better, feel better and save money. Call 620.423.0450.

September 12: Grief Companions Support Group meets second Thursday of each month, 6 pm, Elm Haven West. Call 620.704.1110.

Via Christi Hospital – Pittsburg, KS  

September 10: Breast Cancer Support Group, 3:30 pm, Cancer Center conference room. Meets second Tuesday of each month. Call 620.235.7516.

September 25: Cancer Support Group, 3 pm, Cancer Center conference room. Meets fourth Wednesday of each month. Call 620.235.7900.

Joplin, MO

Every day: Alcoholics Anonymous Meetings. Call 888.740.4568.

Every Monday: Tips for Living a Healthy Life, 10 am-12 pm, South YMCA, 3404 W. McIntosh Circle. Free; registration required. Call 417.625.2492.

Every day: 12-Step Recovery Meetings, Alano Club, 1800 E. 30th. Call 417.623.9645.

Every Friday: Grief Counseling, 11 am-3 pm, St. Philip’s Episcopal Church, 706 S. Byers. Free. No appointment necessary.

September 10: Brain Injury Support Group meets every second Tuesday, 12-1:30 pm, The Independent Living Center, 2639 E. 34th. Contact Andrea Buening, 417.659.8086, for information and referral.

September 11 & 25: Grief Support Group meets every second and fourth Wednesday of each month, 11 am-12:30 pm, Hospice Compassus, 2650 E. 32nd St., Ste. 100. Call 417.623.8272.

Freeman Health System

Joplin, MO

Every Wednesday: Freeman Farmers Market, 4-7:30 pm, Freeman West Main Entrance. Offering fresh fruits, vegetables and other products from local farms. 417.347.5646.

September 3: Freeman Breast Cancer Support Group, 4:30-6 pm, All Aboard Ice Cream, 102 Castle Drive. Open to breast cancer patients, from newly diagnosed through survivorship. Call 417.347.2662.

September 3: Ozark Center Autism Support Group, 6-8 pm, Bill & Virginia Leffen Center for Autism, 2808 S. Picher Ave. Open to people with autism, parents and caregivers. Respite services for those enrolled through JRO should be requested in advance. Call 417.347.7850.

September 5: Freeman Early Detection Screenings, 8 am-4 pm, Freeman Screen Team Resource Center, 1130 E. 32nd St., Ste. C. Early detection screenings include abdominal aortic aneurysm, peripheral arterial disease and stroke/carotid artery screenings, as well as osteoporosis risk assessment. Fees vary. Please call for appointment: 417.347.6555.

September 6: Suicide Prevention Event, 1-3 pm, Joplin Public Library, 1901 E. 20th St. Hosted by Ozark Center, this free event includes Question, Persuade and Refer (QPR) Training for adults, free depression screenings and Q&A with Ozark Center staff. For more information, visit

September 10: Freeman Bariatric Weight-Loss Seminar, 4:30 pm (registration), 5:30-6:30 pm (seminar), Freeman Business Center Conference Rooms, 3220 McClelland Blvd (back entrance). Better understand the options available for weight-loss surgery with doctors and bariatric team members. Call 417.347.1266.

September 10: Freeman Advantage Striders/Blood Pressure Screenings, 7-8:30 am, Northpark Mall Food Court, 101 N. Range Line Road. Get your blood pressure checked, turn in your Striders cards and catch up on Freeman Advantage activities and events. Call 417.347.5837.

September 11: Freeman Cancer Support Group, 2-3 pm, Freeman Cornell-Beshore Cancer Institute, 3415 McIntosh Circle. Call Lisa Paugh for questions at 417.347.4029.

September 17: Freeman Bariatric Weight-Loss Support Group, 5:30-6:30 pm, Freeman Business Center, 3200 McClelland Blvd., back entrance. Designed to help those who have had bariatric surgery. Call 417.347.1266.

September 17: Freeman Sleep Apnea Support Group, 6-7 pm, Freeman Health Essentials, 1130 E. 32nd St. Call 417.347.7400.

September 20: Freeman Blood Drive, 10 am-3 pm, Freeman Hospital West, Conference Rooms 2W and 4W. When you roll up your sleeve to donate blood, you can save the lives of as many as three people. Please take advantage of this opportunity and donate a pint if you can. Call 417.347.4603.

September 23: Freeman Real Living with Diabetes, 4:30-5:30 pm, Joplin Public Library, East Conference Room, 1901 E. 20th St. A meeting for anyone struggling with diabetes to discuss real issues and concerns. The meeting topic is Seeing Clearly with Diabetes: Caring for Your Eyes with Diabetes. Refreshments, snacks, product samples and prize drawings available. 417.347.5700.

September 24: Freeman Advantage HealthWISE, 10 am, Freeman Business Center Conference Rooms, 3220 McClelland Blvd (back entrance). Susan Pittman, Freeman Diabetes program coordinator, will share healthy recipes. Learn how to modify your favorite recipes for better health. There will be a food tasting for some of the recipes she creates. Call 417.347.5837.

September 24: Freeman Bariatric Weight-Loss Seminar, 5:30-6:30 pm, Freeman Business Center Conference Rooms, 3220 McClelland Blvd (back entrance). Better understand the options available for weight-loss surgery with doctors and bariatric team members. Call 417.347.1266.

September 27: Leffen Center Parents Coffee, 8:30-9:30 am, Bill & Virginia Leffen Center for Autism, 2808 S. Picher Ave. This social group is designed specifically for caregivers of children 4 and under with developmental delay(s). Parents can have a coffee and socialize with other parents while their children play in a supervised environment nearby. Call 417.347.7850.

Freeman Auxiliary

September 9: Freeman Auxiliary Bag City Sale, 7 am-4 pm, Freeman West, Conference Rooms 1W and 2W. Freeman Auxiliary is hosting a leather, fashion and designer bag sale. Name brands include Michael Kors®, Coach® and Kate Spade®. Purses, wallets, briefcases, accessories up to 75% off retail prices. All sales are final. Net proceeds benefit Freeman Auxiliary projects. Call 417.347.4603.

September 19: Freeman Auxiliary Mum Sale, 9 am-while supplies last, Freeman Gift Gallery at Freeman Hospital East and West and Freeman Business Center Lobby. Call 417.347.4603.

September 19: Freeman Neosho Mum Sale, 9:30 am0-while supplies last, Freeman Neosho Hospital. Fall is right around the corner. Decorate your yard for the season with 10” mums from the Freeman Auxiliary Mum Sale. Mums are $16. Net proceeds benefit Freeman Auxiliary projects. Call 417.347.4603.

National Alliance on Mental Illness – For information on NAMI, call 417.781.6264 or visit Meetings held at the NAMI building, 219 W. 2nd St. in Joplin.

Every Monday: NAMI Basics, 6-8:30 pm. A signature education program for parents and caregivers of children and adolescents living with mental illnesses.

Every Tuesday: NAMI Connection Support Group, 6:30-8 pm.

Every Tuesday: Self Injury Support Group, 5-6 pm.

Every Tuesday: Family Support Group, 6:30-8 pm.

Every Wednesday: Dual Diagnosis Support Group, 2:30-3:30 pm.

Every Wednesday: Post 5/22 Stress Counseling Sessions, 10 am.

Every Thursday: Family to Family Class, 6:30-8:30 pm. For families or caregivers of individuals with severe mental illnesses. Includes current information about most major mental illnesses; information about medications, side effects and strategies for medication adherence; developing strategies for handling crises and relapse; focusing on care for the caregiver.

Neosho, MO

September 23: Caregivers Support Group meets the fourth Monday of each month, 5-6 pm, Medicalodge, 400 Lyon Drive. Help with care, finances, insurance, Medicare, Medicaid, respite care, hospice care, day care and support for the caregivers. Sponsors: Avalon Hospice & Medicalodges Neosho. Call 417.451.2544.

Nevada Regional Medical Center, Nevada, MO

September 11: Caregiver’s Support Group, 1:30-2:30 pm, Barone Alzheimer’s Care Center. Free peer support program.

September 17 & 19: Tuesday/Thursday Birth and Beyond Class, 6-8 pm, NRMC Mezzanine Conference Room. Two-part childbirth, breastfeeding and infant care course for women in their last trimester of pregnancy. $15 registration fee. Call 417.448.3801 to register.

September 18: Blood Pressure Screening, 10:45 am, Vernon County Senior Center. Free screening.

September 21: Saturday Birth and Beyond Class, 8 am-12 pm, NRMC Mezzanine Conference Room. Four-hour class covers childbirth, breastfeeding and infant care course for women in their last trimester of pregnancy. $15 registration fee. Call 417.448.3801 to register for this class. 

September 24: Rich Hill Family Medical Clinic Screenings, 11 am-noon. Kern Senior Center. Free screenings of the month: Blood pressure and bone density.

September 27: Lunch and Learn: Keto Diet Facts, 1212:45 pm, NRMC Mezzanine Conference Room. Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Karen McNair will share information about the keto diet: fact and fiction.

Integris Baptist Regional Health Center, Grove, OK

September 10 & 24: Depression Support Group meets the second and fourth Tuesday of each month, 2 pm, Northeastern Tribal Health System Conference Room, 2301 Eight Tribes Trail. Call 918.675.2093.

September 12: Diabetes Support Group meets second Thursday monthly, 12:30 pm, INTEGRIS Grand Lake Diabetes Center, 1310 S. Main. Call 918.786.1801.

September 12: Caregivers Support Group meets second Thursday monthly, 11 am, Parish Hall, All Saints Episcopal Church. Call 918.542.3662. Open to the public.

INTEGRIS Baptist Regional Health Center, Miami, OK – For more information, visit

Every Tuesday: Free blood pressure and glucose screenings provided by INTEGRIS Regency Home Care and Hospice. First Tuesday: Commerce Nutrition Center, 10:30-11:30 am. Second Tuesday: Nine Tribes Tower, 10-11 am. Third Tuesday: Miami Senior Center, 10-11 am. Fourth Tuesday: INTEGRIS Baptist Village, 9-10 am.

September 3: Alzheimer’s Support Group meets first Tuesday monthly, 11 am, Generations fourth floor visiting room. Call 918.542.3391.

Mercy Hospital

September 3: Weight Loss Seminar occurs the first Thursday from 6-7 pm. Location: Mercy Conference Center. Seminars are free, but attendees must register at For more information, or to register, call Ann Payne at 417.556.2915.

Mercy Hospital – Support Groups & Events

Every Monday: Parkinson’s Support Group, 3:30 pm, Mercy Joplin Conference Center, 100 Mercy Way, second floor. For more information, call Brittany Bearden at 417.556.8760.

September 9: Bariatric Support Group meets the second Monday monthly, 5:30-6:30 pm, Mercy Joplin Conference Center, 100 Mercy Way. Call Ann Payne at 417.556.2915.

September 11: Cancer Caregiver Support Group for Women meets the second Wednesday monthly, 2-3 pm, Mercy Joplin Cancer Center Conference Room, 100 Mercy Way. Call Allison O’Dell, 417.556.2706.

September 11: Cancer Survivor Support Group for Men meets the second Wednesday from 10-11 am, Mercy Joplin Cancer Center Conference Room, 100 Mercy Way. For more information, call Allison O’Dell at 417.556.2706.

September 16: Four States Stroke Support Group meets third Monday monthly, 1:30-2:30 pm, Joplin Senior Center, 2616 S. Picher Ave. For more information, contact Kevin Woods at or 417.556.8420.

September 24: Lung Disease Support Group meets the fourth Tuesday, 1:30-3 pm, Mercy Joplin Cancer Center Conference Room, 100 Mercy Way. For more information, call Kelsey Darr-Hessee at 417.556.8231.

September 24: Diabetes Support Group – Carthage meets the fourth Tuesday, 4-5 pm at Carthage Water & Electric, 627 W. Centennial. For more information, call Debbie Herbst at 417.359.1359.

September 24: Diabetes Support Group – Joplin, noon-1 pm, Community Clinic of Joplin, 701 S. Joplin Ave. For more information, call 417.556.6487.

September 25: Grief Support Group meets the fourth Wednesday, 2-3 pm, Mercy Joplin Cancer Center Conference Room, 100 Mercy Way. For more information, call Allison O’Dell at 417.556.2706.

September 25: Cancer Survivor Support Group for women meets the fourth Wednesday, 10-11 am, Mercy Joplin Cancer Center Conference Room, 100 Mercy Way. For more information, call Allison O’Dell at 417.556.2706.

Mercy Maude Norton Mobile Mammography Unit Schedule. Call 620.429.2545 to find locations and a schedule for the mammo bus.